- Conference date: 19-24 September 2005
- Location: Varenna (Italy)
A new amplifying laser concept based on Coherent Amplification Network (CAN) is proposed to solve the high‐peak high‐average‐power quandary. The amplification network is based on identical telecommunication diode‐pumped fiber lasers. The philosophy behind the approach is to build the amplifying system from numerous small but identical parts as opposed to larger but non‐identical components like in the laser Mégajoule in France or NIF in the USA. The basic amplification scheme is in‐fiber Chirped Pulse Amplification. Besides the possibility to simultaneously provide high peak and high average power, the technique gives independent control of the output beam spatial and temporal coherence, as well as the pupilary distribution. In addition to being rugged, CAN offers the additional benefit of being inexpensive and low maintenance. A conceptual design based on CAN is presented that offers an alternative to the next CERN Linear Collider (CLIC).
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